Injury Prevention

Feeding Your Baby

Your baby depends on you for the nutrition she needs to grow. There are a number of safety concerns associated with feeding that you should remember.

  • Nursing mothers: avoid alcohol and drugs, except medications prescribed to you by a physician. Inform your physician that you are breast-feeding before a medication is prescribed.
  • Don’t use a microwave oven to heat a bottle. The contents of the bottle could be hotter than the bottle itself, and the buildup of steam inside a bottle could cause it to burst. Use a pot of hot water or pour hot tap water over the bottle instead.
  • After warming, shake the bottle and test the temperature of the bottle’s contents by squeezing some onto the inside of your wrist. The contents should feel comfortably warm.
  • Never leave a baby alone with a bottle propped in her mouth.
  • Never eat, drink, carry or prepare hot foods or beverages while holding a baby.
  • Keep hot foods and drinks away from the edges of tables and counter tops.
Last Update
February 11, 2008
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Last Update
February 11, 2008
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